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By Julia Annas

The culture of historical philosophy is a protracted, wealthy and sundry one, during which the notes of dialogue and argument consistently resound. This ebook introduces old debates, enticing us with the traditional advancements in their issues. relocating clear of the presentation of historic philosophy as a succession of significant thinkers, the ebook supplies readers a feeling of the freshness and liveliness of historical philosophy, and of its good selection of subject matters and kinds.

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Chora: Enactments of the Alterity of Being In the loss of a grounding of thought in presence, the task of the philosophical logos has changed from a question of mimetic signification to that of the senses of events of beings. , a discourse meant as a mimetic event of signification grounded in ideal presence? This question can be posed in a more threatening form both for this discussion (putting in danger its claim that there is such an interruption to the mimetic function of the logos) and for the interpretation of the logos as a mimetic event (by opening such an interpretation to aspects of Timaeus’ discourse that interrupt and violate this mimetic account of Timaeus’ logos).

23. This sense of events of beings is echoed in Plato’s “idea,” the form or shape of beings, a concept that entangles sensible and conceptual knowledge in the intelligibility of the events of beings. 24. See Heidegger’s “Origin of the Work of Art,” in Basic Writings (San Francisco: Harper, 1993); “Building, Dwelling, Thinking,” in Vorträge und Aufsätze (Stuttgart: Neske, 1985); and Contributions to Philosophy (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1999). The two terms of “sensible-intelligible” refer to the metaphysical dualism that defines the world in terms of two kinds of presence, the presence of the sensible and changing and that of the intelligible and unchanging.

So it is fitting that we should raise anew the question of the meaning of Being [die 4. Liddell and Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989). 5. As is well known, for Heidegger the history of metaphysics extends from Plato and Aristotle to Nietzsche. It is Nietzsche who, in Heidegger’s thinking, marks the last breath of metaphysics, Nietzsche who announces the death of God and all ideal principles, and at the same time Nietzsche who gives the last metaphysical accounts of beings.

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